The Secret Recipe For Success – ‘Self-Awareness’
Many people may consider that self-awareness is not always practical or easy. Like Success, Self-Awareness does not come in a day. Success starts from moving that needle a little bit each day and so is self-awareness
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In the new-age social media, we tend to see a lot of success stories: of entrepreneurs, leaders, artists etc. We all acknowledge and appreciate these success stories. We also appreciate the various traits of these successful people – sometimes we appreciate their communication styles, the way they carry themselves, the way they connect with other people, the way they smile, or it could be anything else that catches our eye.
Having worked with hundreds of leaders, I can assure you that each of these leaders who has been successful has relied upon – “Self-Awareness”. At a minimum they are aware of their strengths.
Their degree of self-awareness may be different for each person but in each and every case I am sure that it has played a big role in helping them reach the heights of success. We may or may not see their efforts, but most definitely, they have used their self-awareness to hone their skills and to become more effective.
What is self-awareness?
In simple words, it means understanding your own self. It is not only knowing, how you behave and interact with others in the external world, but also, how you behave and interact with yourself in your own inner world.
Many people may consider that self-awareness is not always practical or easy. Like Success, Self-Awareness does not come in a day. Success starts from moving that needle a little bit each day and so is self-awareness.
Understanding ‘self’ is not a destination, it is a journey. A journey that you go on every single day.
What is the value of Self-Awareness?
Self-Awareness helps you to -
- Be Confident
- Understand your boundaries and limitations
- Tap into your strengths
- Know and change your behavioural and thinking patterns
- Know your triggers
- Lower your stress
Remember, the process of knowing ourselves should not become a stressful experience. It should help you become a better version of yourself.
Follow these five simple tips to start your journey to become more self-aware:
- Write down your aspirations and dreams
- Write your top three priorities for a day or a week, whatever suits you best
- Take feedback from trusted colleagues or friends
- Take a few moments every day to be aware of your breath
- Keep a journal to record what you did well and liked about yourself, if possible, every day
As you practice these steps, you will start building up self-awareness. Being a little more aware of yourself gives you the “power” to take charge of your life.
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